Violence is a tragic and often intentional act that can lead to serious injury or death.
Violence can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Violence includes:
- Abuse or neglect of children and youth
- Youth violence and bullying
- Cyberbullying 4
- Gender-based violence and sexual assault
- Intimate partner violence
- Workplace violence
- Violence in sports
- Elder abuse
BCIRPU is working in a number of areas to understand and prevent violence-related injuries and deaths.
Violence can be prevented. The World Health Organization lists four steps to stop violence:5
- Define the problem
- Identify causes and risk factors
- Design and test interventions
- Increase effective interventions
Watch for warning signs, know how to respond to someone disclosing abuse, find the tools to make a safety plan, and know how to get help.
- HelpGuide, Child Abuse and Neglect
- Canadian Red Cross, How to Respond to a Disclosure of Child Abuse or Neglect
- Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence, Government of BC
- Canadian Centre for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Government of BC – Keeping Kids Safe
- VictimLinkBC hotline
- US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Help Young People Grow Up Violence-Free
Violence prevention resources specific for Indigenous peoples:
- KUU-US Crisis Services: The KUU-US Crisis line is available 24/7 to provide support to Indigenous people in BC.
- Vancouver Coastal Health First Nations ReAct (Elder Abuse Response)
- Delegated Aboriginal Agencies in BC
The training tool will enable law enforcement to make more informed decisions about what to look for and when to seek medical support in a timely manner.
British Columbia experiences high rates of gang violence, much of which is firearm-related.
Congratulations to BCIRPU scientist Dr. Ian Pike who received $267,750 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his study of the unintended consequences of implementing stay-at-home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will use several...
The course includes a 45-minute video-based, interactive e-learning course consisting of a series of educational modules and resources, including the voice of a survivor of violence.
Experts are concerned that violence and related injuries are likely to increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2013-2017.
2. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2012/13-2016/17.
4. Public Safety Canada. Info Sheet: Cyberbullying. Available from: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2015-r038/index-en.aspx
5. World Health Organization. “Violence and Injury Prevention.” Available from: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/